The Iowa Veterans Home stands ready to serve

May 11-17 is National Nursing Home Week. As the Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home, it’s one of my goals to ensure all Iowa veterans and their families know about the excellent long-term nursing and residential care, services and activities we provide at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. I also want to thank our staff for the compassionate care and great services and activities they provide every day.

The Iowa Soldiers Home was established in 1887 to care for our Civil War Veterans.

In 1975, the name was changed to the Iowa Veterans Home. IVH currently cares for 585 residents with over 900 staff. Our mission is: to provide a continuum of care to Iowa’s veterans and their spouses in an environment focusing on individualized services to enhance their quality of life. We focus both on quality of care and quality of life for our residents.

To be eligible to reside at IVH, a person must be: 1) an Iowa resident, 2) an honorably discharged veteran, 3) eligible for VA healthcare, and 4) in need of the type of nursing or residential care IVH provides. Spouses or surviving spouses are also eligible for admission. Because we receive federal and state funds, we carefully review all applications for eligibility, and we ensure we are able to adequately care for the applicant. Just like any nursing home, there is a cost for care. Each applicant is required to disclose income sources and is evaluated on an individual basis. We receive per diem payments from the VA toward the care of our veteran residents.

Every resident at IVH has an assigned medical provider, nursing staff, social worker, recreational therapist and dietician. We provide an excellent recreation and activities program that includes an extensive list of on-site and off-site activities, trips, ceramics, arts & crafts, music, and gardening. We bring many forms of entertainment to IVH, and we work hard to provide the types of activities that our residents enjoyed before coming to live here.

About two years ago, 180 of our residents moved into two new buildings with all private rooms. We continue to renovate two additional buildings to transition all rooms at IVH to private rooms with showers. This is a big step to providing the privacy and dignity our residents deserve. The new construction and renovations help keep our facilities modern and safe.

The Iowa Veterans Home has a long and proud history of serving veterans and their spouses from many generations. We stand ready to serve you and your family. If you have questions about eligibility or admission, please call our main switchboard at 641-752-1501 and your call will be directed. Please visit our website at ivh.iowa.gov or visit us on Facebook.

Jodi Tymeson is the Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.